Positivism

Positivism is the philosophy of science that information derived from logical and mathematical treatments and reports of sensory experience is the exclusive source of all authoritative knowledge, and that there is valid knowledge (truth) only in this derived knowledge. Verified data received from the senses are known as empirical evidence. Positiv...
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Positivism

This paradigm assumes that human behaviour is determined by external stimuli and that it is possible to use the principles and methods traditionally employed by the natural scientist to observe and measure social phenomena.
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Positivism

• (n.) A system of philosophy originated by M. Auguste Comte, which deals only with positives. It excludes from philosophy everything but the natural phenomena or properties of knowable things, together with their invariable relations of coexistence and succession, as occurring in time and space. Such relations are denominated laws, which are ...
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positivism

logical positivism noun the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation)
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Positivism

[international relations] In international relations theory, positivism refers to a school of thought which believes that the methodologies of the natural sciences can help explain the social world. ...
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Positivism

Pos'i·tiv·ism noun A system of philosophy originated by M. Auguste Comte, which deals only with positives . It excludes from philosophy everything but the natural phenomena or properties of knowable things, together with their invariable relations of coexistence and succession, as occurring in ti...
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Positivism

a means to understand the world based on science
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positivism

a philosophical view which recognizes only those things that can be empirically verified, or known directly by observation.
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positivism

doctrine that that which is not observable is not knowable
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Positivism

First associated with the doctrine of Auguste Comte that the highest form of knowledge is simple description presumably of sensory phenomena. The doctrine was based on an evolutionary 'law of three stages', believed by Comte to have been discovered by him in 1822 but anticipated by Turgot in 1750. The three stages were the theological, in which an....
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Positivism

in philosophy, generally, any system that confines itself to the data of experience and excludes a priori or metaphysical speculations. More ... [36 related articles]
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Positivism

In regard to sociology, the view that the study of the social world should be conducted according to the principles of natural science. A positivist approach to sociology holds that objective knowledge can be produced through careful observation, comparison and experimentation.
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Positivism

philosophical position that the only authentic knowledge is scientific knowledge. It is an approach to the philosophy of science, deriving from Enlightenment thinkers like Pierre-Simon Laplace (and many others). See also logical positivism.
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positivism

positivism (po'zitivizum) , philosophical doctrine that denies any validity to speculation or metaphysics. Sometimes associated with empiricism, positivism maintains that metaphysical questions are unanswerable and that the only knowledge is scientific knowledge. The basic tenets of positivism a...
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Positivism

Term created by Auguste Comte that posits that science, math, or logic can prove any reasonable claim.
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positivism

that which has to be accepted as we find it and is not given to further explanation.
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positivism

The theory that genuine knowledge is acquired by science and that metaphysical speculation has no validity. Positivism, based largely on the ideas of the French philosopher Auguste Comte, was adopted by many Latin American intellectuals in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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positivism

Theory that confines genuine knowledge within the bounds of science and observation. The theory is associated with the French philosopher Auguste Comte and empiricism. Logical positivism developed...
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positivism

Theory that confines genuine knowledge within the bounds of science and observation. The theory is associated with the French philosopher Auguste Comte and empiricism. Logical positivism developed in the 1920s. It rejected any metaphysical world beyond everyday science and common sense, and confined statements to those of formal logic or mathematic...
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positivism

[n] - the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation) 2. [n] - a quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation
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